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ADPR Sweeps College-Wide Awards

ADPR Sweeps College-Wide Awards

Written by Laura Gamo, MS Student in the School of Advertising & Public Relations

Beth Foster, Courtney Childers, Candace White On Friday, October 13, 2017, the University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information held the 2017 CCI Awards and Scholarship Donor Appreciation Banquet.

 Each year, the banquet recognizes accomplished faculty and alumni of the College and celebrates current students who have earned scholarships provided by our friends and donors. This past year, several    students from the School were awarded scholarships to fund their studies, internships, and other co-curricular and professional development activities.

This year’s Advertising Alumna of the Year, Erin Hauck, is a 2007 graduate. She is currently senior director of digital investment for Hearts & Science in New York City. This is not the first time Hauck has been recognized for her work as a mentor in the growing field of Digital and for her dedication to obtaining, developing and retaining talent, as well as spearheading projects that enable knowledge sharing on both a local and global scale (including her participation in the first ever OMD global exchange program).

Public Relations Alumna of the Year Kellie Davie, is a 2011 graduate, and founder and managing partner of KeyCom PR in Nashville. Davie started KeyCom PR with a vision to provide local businesses with the same high-level communications knowledge and execution that she had performed in my corporate positions, but at a price that is obtainable, while educating them on what a strong return on investment public relations can represent for their business.


Faculty members from the School of Advertising and Public Relations were also recognized, claiming three of the six faculty awards that evening.

Associate Professor of Public Relations and former Co-Director of the Risk, Health, and Crisis Communication Organized Research Unit at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Beth Foster was given the Top Faculty Research Award. Avery has published more than 35 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and presented 50 pieces of original research at national and international academic conferences. Her research unit received $156,000 in funding from the University of Tennessee Office of Research, and prior to joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee, Foster completed a postdoctoral assistantship on a $3.5 million CDC grant.

Professor of Public Relations and former recipient of UT’s Angie Warren Award for Outstanding Promise of Scholarship, Teaching and Contribution of Intellectual Life Dr. Candace White was given the Top Faculty Service/Outreach Award. White’s expansive service record is impressive: executive council member of the UT Faculty Senate, member of the Search Committee for the Vice Chancellor for Communication, Chair of the CCI Graduate Committee, and having served on 16 doctoral committees and more than 100 master’s committees— among many, many others.

Lastly, Associate Professor of Advertising and Executive Director of the Adam Brown Social Media Command Center (ABSMCC) Dr. Courtney Childers was given the Top Faculty Innovative Teaching Award. Housed in CCI, the ABSMCC provides access to the same leading technology that Fortune 100 companies use to publish, engage and analyze their social media marketing activities, and allows faculty, staff and students to collaborate, prepare and present social listening findings and insights. Childers also serves as Chair of UT Social Media Week, a week-long special event where well-known speakers and panelists travel from Dell, Facebook, Nike, Salesforce, UT Athletics, Buzzfeed, CNN, Scripps Networks, and others, share their social media expertise.

The evening concluded as the College’s highest alumni honor—the Donald G. Hileman Alumni Award—was presented to Dr. Martha Rogers. Rogers received her doctorate from the college in 1983 and is now a best-selling author and founder of Trustability Metrix.

“The impact Martha Rogers has had on how businesses interact with their customers has been profound,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “The strategic insights, creativity and academic rigor she brings puts her at the forefront of the world’s leading customer experience experts.”

Located in the College of Communication and Information, the School of Advertising and Public Relations houses two of the most popular majors at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. The programs are nationally and internationally recognized for the quality of their scholarship and instruction. Our program offers opportunities beyond the classroom that involve professional internships, study abroad, and school sponsored trips to network with industry leaders. With its nationally recognized educators and wide-ranging opportunities, the School of Advertising and Public Relations continues to be a program of excellence at The University of Tennessee, preparing students to become innovative leaders in their respective fields.